On April 1, 2021 Alan Thompson, W6WN spoke about Neighborhood Radio Watch program.
This is a partnership between Hams and non-Hams using Ham, GMRS and FRS radios to help keep our communities safer in the event of an emergency or disaster. The NRW Program had it origin in the ashes of the Camp Fire, and has been a tremendous boost for the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club. The video of the presentation is below. Meeting was on zoom.
On March 4, 2021 Bob Hess, W1RH spoke about his work at WBZ.
Meeting was on zoom.
February 4, 2021: Lew Nyman, K1AZE, spoke about the past history of FARA.
Lew is the past FARA President (1976-1982).
Meeting was on zoom.
January 9, 2021: Board Meeting
Discussed Proposed By-Laws Changes. Interested members who want to work on the bylaw subcommittee can email John at firstname.lastname@example.org
January 7, 2021:
KH1/KH7Z, Baker Island, 2018 by 9V1YC (2:36) https://vimeo.com/281933500 .
VP6D, Ducie Island, 2018 (12:57) It’s on YouTube and can be found by going to https://www.vp6d.com and scrolling down to VP6D Video 5X3C and 5X5E.
KC1DMM – Andy focused on SDR (Flex & Anon) in his attic shack. W1VIV – Sumner by contrast focused on analog – old school – hardware for communications.
December 3, 2020: Brian Loverro, K1BML, spoke about some of his favorite HTs.
On November 5, Bob DeMattia, K1IW, presented on “Computer Assisted Ham Radio”.
Like almost everything else, computers have touched many aspects of ham radio. From station logging, to the modes we operate-many things have changed. This presentation went through a brief timeline of the merging of technologies, and discuss how computers are used in ham radio today.
Meeting was on Zoom.
On October 1, 2020: Neal Lipson, K1NDF spoke on “General Amateur Radio Solar Cycle Propagation and Why Framingham, MA is Nearly a Paradise for Amateur Radio.”
Meeting was on Zoom.
September 3, 2020: Tom Walsh, K1TW, ARRL Eastern MA Section Manager.“Discover the ARRL Universe.”
He discussed some of the lesser known ARRL services. Meeting was on Zoom.
June 4, 2020: Field day prep, Navy Ham Radio in the Korean War Era
On June 4, 2020: Sumner Weisman W1VIV spoke about Navy Ham Radio in the Korean War Era. Meeting was on Zoom.
May 7, 2020 meeting was on Zoom.
April 2, 2020 meeting was held on the repeater
March 5, 2020: Brian Gudzevich, WO1VES, Introduction to Digital Radio with Hotspots.
February 6, 2020: Adrian AB2IX on 3d printing.
January 2, 2020: Show and tell, cw with left foot. Video – VP8ORK The DXpedition to The South Orkney Islands.
Dec 5, 2019: FARA Holiday Dinner at Carbone’s Restaurant in Hopkinton, MA.
November 7, 2019: Bob Phinney, K5TEC. “Ideas for attracting youth and families to amateur radio.”
This meeting to discussed what sparks kids’ interests in wireless technology these days and how we might apply that knowledge to get more youth and families into amateur radio and hopefully interested in joining FARA. The presentation was followed by a discussion where group participation is expected.
Quick Bio: Bob Phinney K5TEC got his amateur radio license from FARA by taking the “License in a weekend” course in 2004 in the basement of the Danforth Library. But he was involved in public service CB communications since the early 1970’s, and was president of a REACT team working with Brookline Police during the Blizzard of ’78. As a science teacher in Brookline for 38 years and mentoring the youth-run Clay Center Amateur Radio Club for 14 years, Bob has helped nearly two hundred youth achieve ham radio licenses over the years. He now runs a non-profit STEM education center in Natick which has two radio rooms and offers regular license classes in Tech, General, AE, VE, and Morse Code, as well as workshops in a wide variety of STEM and maker-space _topics.
October 3, 2019: Dave Miscia KB1YXL. “Fun Things To Do With The International Space Station”.
Dave Miscia, KB1YXL, has over 25 years of experience working with satellites. From his first job in broadcast television receiving news feeds, to running mobile uplink vehicles, to designing those same vehicles, he’s worked with everything from Ku Band high-power transmitters to portable Inmarsat terminals. Since leaving the broadcast business in 2018, he has continued following the things in the sky, especially the International Space Station.
September 5, 2019: Adrian Zeffert, AB2IX, Estate Planning For Amateur Radio Operators.
****What happens when a family member contacts your Club saying, “W1XYSK has passed away, and we don’t know what to do with 3 rooms full of radio and electronics equipment”****
June 6, 2019: Elections and Field Day Preparations.
May 2, 2019: Pizza party
Annual Post Flea Pizza Party was held at Papa Ginos, 104 Boston Post Road Sudbury, MA.
April 4, 2019: Ted Robinson, K1QAR , Mag Loop Antennas
He gave a talk on mag loop antennas. He demonstrated one at the Marlboro Flea.
March 7, 2019: Rob Macedo, KD1CY on Update on ARES
He is the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Boston/Norton. See https://ema.arrl.org/ares/ for more information on ARES.
February 7, 2019: Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, on MARS: Military Auxiliary Radio System
MARS or Military Auxiliary Radio System has changed dramatically from it’s creation in 1925. ARMY and AIR FORCE MARS members support a very different mission than you may have heard of before 2010. Every day, MARS members are operating mixed mode voice/data nets using encrypted communications in support of a DoD Mission to provide situational awareness to DoD planners, in the event of a “Very Bad Day” scenario. Learn about MARS, and how all Amateurs can support this mission, without joining MARS, and learn how to join MARS, if you have the capability and interest.
Bio: Tom Kinahan N1CPE has been a ham for 38 years, with experience participating in Boston Marathon communications for over 30 of those years, Past experience volunteering with the Red Cross as a Disaster Action Team member and leader, and former Massachusetts State RACES officer, currently US ARMY MARS Member/Leader since 2010.
February 7, 2019: Fred Beihold, NV1N, presents an interesting idea coming out of the Shack Search Committee.
January 3, 2019: Video “Nine DXpeditions to DXCC Ten Most Wanted” from the collection of David Hoaglin K1HT. We also had our “Show and Tell”.
His source for the DVD that we viewed (Nine DXpeditions to DXCC “Ten Most Wanted”) was k4uee.com/dvd . Bob lists several videos besides that one.
December 6, 2018: FARA Holiday Dinner at Carbone’s Restaurant in Hopkinton, MA.
November 1, 2018: BITX40 and uBITX QRP radio kit – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ
Andy Stewart spoke about the BITX40 and uBITX QRP kit radios from India. These very popular transceivers are openly specified for both hardware and software, and have thus encouraged a lot of tinkering. Andy discussed many of the common modifications, as well as his extensive modifications to the Arduino software. Andy has also modified the kit to make it accessible to visually impaired hams. There was a demonstration of Andy’s version of both of these transceivers.
October 4, 2018: 6-Meter Sporadic E and Weather Systems – Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW
Joe’s presentation will use Amateur Radio to explore possible correlations between weather systems and sporadic E clouds to see if they are collocated.
The presentation slides are available for download.
September 6, 2018: Tom Walsh K1TW, Eastern Mass. ARRL section manager.
“What’s New and Exciting in the Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) ARRL Section”
There are major changes occurring in the hobby. How should the section and clubs like FARA stay on top of all of this? First off, let’s understand exactly what a section manager does and why clubs like FARA are important to the section.
Then driven by FARA’s interests, Tom will discuss some of many new initiatives in the Eastern Massachusetts section. Here are some possible topics, time permitting.
- The Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS)
- The New Eastern Massachusetts Section Website.
- The New Eastern Massachusetts Facebook page
- What is new about Eastern Massachusetts ARES?
- What is ARES Connect?
- Changes to the ARRL Official Observer Program
- What can FARA do going forward?
- Time for Questions
Tom will wrap up the with the donation of an ARRL book.
June 7, 2018: Fred, NV1N
Fred, NV1N on traffic passing practice, Field Day discussions, elections of officers, scholarship awards.
May 3, 2018: Pizza Party
Pizza Party Thursday May 3, 7:30 pm, Papa Ginos on Rt. 30, 341 Cochituate Road Framingham.
April 5, 2018: Larry Banks, W1DYJ
Larry Banks, W1DYJ “One Ham’s Journey with Antennas” (It’s sort of a historical survey of the antennas I’ve built/used/etc., ending with a quick look at FT8 and 160. )
March 1, 2018: Dan Pedtke, KW2T
Dan Pedtke, KW2T, on Impedence Matching
Feb 1, 2018: Bob De Mattia, K1IW
Bob De Mattia, K1IW, on Repeater Coordination
November 2, 2017: Andy Boughton, KC1DMM
Andy Boughton, SDR radios. slides